Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Arrival

I think that's the name of a thriller flick. But it also applies here, for Gramma has arrived! For the third year in a row my mom has come to see us at the beginning of February, due to a local conference she's able to participate in as part of her job.

We have a great little regional airport to fly into, ten minutes from our house. On a single runway leading to a tiny terminal with two gates loading from a single large room, Easterwood airport sends and receives about five flights a day each from Dallas and Houston. That's it. It's a glorious solution for business travelers and others who don't mind getting bumped to a different flight or experiencing weather delays from Dallas or Houston about 50% of the time.

The general rule of thumb I have learned about Easterwood is simply to avoid the last flight of the day. That way if you get delayed, you don't risk bumping your travel into tomorrow. We learned this the hard way a few years back when we missed our inbound connection in Dallas (literally watched our plane leave while we were stuck on the tarmac waiting for a gate), found not enough available seats on any of the next three flights, and ended up riding an airport van down I-45 four more hours to Easterwood. We arrived six hours behind schedule, in the negative numbers on diapers. It was a challenge to say the least.

But the skies were clear enough today, and Gramma's plane arrived only about 15 minutes late. This was just the right amount of time for us to decide to park (third spot from the crosswalk, first two hours free), and walk in to meet her at her gate.

While we waited, we watched out the lower observation windows and played on the cockpit play center.

Once we collected Gramma and returned home, we enjoyed a quiet evening. Looking forward to showing her the new places of interest in our small town, and just visiting for a few extra days before my dad arrives on Saturday.

Welcome to Aggieland, Gramma!

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